Locations: Chicago and Online
Programs Available: Coding Bootcamps
Scholarships: $10,000 Veteran Scholarship, $13,000 Women In Technology Scholarshi... View More
Code Platoon is an immersive, non-profit coding bootcamp of 14 weeks for veterans and military spouses located in Chicago. During our 14 week in person program, we teach veterans everything they need to prepare for a career as a software developer. There is an online option.
|Start Date||Rolling Dates|
|Class Size||15 students|
|Commitment||60 hours in class/wk|
|Employed in Paid in-field positions||82%|
|Full-Time Apprenticeship, Internship or Contract Position||36%|
|Hired by school in-field||0%|
|Employed in other positions||0%|
|Started a new company or venture after graduation||0%|
|Short-term contract or part-time position||0%|
|Out of in-field||0%|
|Unemployed and still seeking a job||9%|
|Unemployed and not seeking a job||9%|
This bootcamp uses the CIRR methodology. All CIRR members use a standardized, one-page format. To ensure complete accuracy, CIRR reports account for each enrolled student. You can compare outcomes with other CIRR members side-by-side.
If you're a veteran looking to get into Tech, this is the best place to go. Hands-down - from exceptional Instructors, to guided help throughout the program; TA's, that are actual developers! Mentors who are seasoned veterans of the Tech industry. You have the tools to be successful and the help to make it to the end. I learned a whole lot going through the program and refined a lot of my skillset as well. You learn industry best practices, pair programming, they even take you to your first meetup. It's all great, the curriculum is challenging and rewarding, the support is heavy and there at all times. It's also in a prime spot in Chicago, just an overall great experience.
I decided to go to Code Platoon after graduating with a Biomedical Engineering degree. The director, Rod Levy, was welcoming from the beginning. He was understanding and adaptable to my needs as a wheelchair-user, specifically taking in account my travel difficulties and health concerns. Sometimes I would need to take the class as a remote student. Additionally, both instructors, Jon and Josh, explained concepts clearly, encouraged questions, and would support frustrated students during individual coding exercises when the students were stuck. Every Monday through Thursday, a couple of helpful TAs would assist us with coding after hours. The general atmosphere was great because all the of the gladly students jump in to help each other. Just like the military, we don't leave our b...Read more
What a great program! I came in with very little understanding of what software engineering and development was and fully entailed, and over the course of the program, I'm now equipped with the knowledge of not only what software engineering/development is, but also how to build and create projects in a variety of languages and frameworks. This program pushed my mental capacity to learn new things into a level I didn't know I was capable of.
The instructors were awesome, the coaches were great, the mentors, TA's and supporting staff made this process a complete package. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the course, and look forward to beginning the next step in my journey!
I went in with some prior knowledge of coding before Code Platoon, however One of the great things about this school is that even if that's the case you still end up learning a ton. The instructors do a great job of talking about best practices, as well as giving you plenty of opportunity to practice what you're learning, culminating in two week-long projects in the end that give you a great sense of accomplishment! Onto the Pros and Cons:
- The class size is reasonable. It doesn't feel like the instructors are stretched thin trying to answer questions.
- Your questions pretty much always get answered, and if they don't know they will usually find out.
- LOTS of awesome experiences visiting other companies, as well as various meetups.
- They do take the G.I Bill, and n...
When I decided to pursue my education in web development, research led me to Code Platoon, the only full time bootcamp for veterans accepting the GI Bill. I have to admit that I was somewhat nervous about attending a program that had only been in existence for two years. I ultimately decided to take the risk because I could not have attended boot camp without the financial assistance provided by the GI Bill. It ended up being the best educational experience I've had.
From day one, it became clear that the instructors Jon and Josh actually cared greatly about the success of the individual students while also fostering an in depth understanding of the unique issues faced by the veteran population in particular. As a person new to software engineering and technology in general, I never...Read more
Very well run non-profit program for vets. The technical curriculum is fast paced and well structured. The opportunities for follow-on internships and career mentorship are outstanding.
I had zero experience in programming before Code Platoon. After attending the course, I was able to make apps with Ruby on Rails, React.js, and React-Native with ios. I was taught algorithms, object orientated programming, building servers, using git and github.com, http 2, and databases. This is a true full-stack developer course. The staff is great, they will accommodate veterans dealing with many issues. The founder Rod is absolutely doing this for the right reasons. Anyone looking to become a full stack developer and make connections with industry though site visits, internships which are for real and makes you ahead of the pack with the experience given.
Code Platoon is a great bootcamp to attend. It's very fast paced and challenging. I went to a traditional college for a few semesters and felt that the traditional route was too slow and was lacking in expanding on the knowledge required to succeed as a web developer. Code Platoon really hones in on and expands on everything you need to be a successful web developer and creating full stack web applications. They are very accommodating for veterans and have their true interests at heart. Lastly the internship opportunities that are presented at the end of the cohort are with really great companies and help new developers get their foot in the door for their first job outside of a coding bootcamp.
Code platoon has literally changed my life. The quality of the information and teaching is superb. They not only helped me land an internship but they gave me other skills and exposure that I would not have gotten otherwise. I gained 3 lifelong mentors (I still meet with them till this day), a wealth of information that propelled me to new heights, and great experiences. If you truly want a boot camp that prepares you for the tech industry, specifically full stack web development, then CP (Code Platoon) is where you want to come. You will NOT be disappointed.
Just finished Code Platoon's coding bootcamp and would definitely recommend it as a great option for Veterans looking to change career paths or further develop their skills. It gives a solid discount for Veterans and accepts GI Bill plus many other scholarship options. I got a full scholarship by doing their remote option as they are based in Chicago and I am in CA, but they were very inclusive for the remote students in the class. I was surprised to hear other people that I talked to did not learn Git while in bootcamp so I am thankful that Code Platoon bases their curriculum off of real job skills. It is very rigorous so the more previous experience the better, but I had virtually no experience going in and was able to keep up and get extra help if I needed it. They offer a lot of tut...Read more
I really enjoyed my learning time at Code Platoon. Great location, great instructors. I love hanging out with my buddies in the military.
You can go from scratch to building apps at this code camp, I tell ya.
I am currently a student at Code Platoon in my 13th week of the program. The program is fully immersive, and takes someone with no coding experience to employable within 4 months. I personally had no prior coding experience besides the prework for the course. Throughout the course, I have learned a tremendous amount, and now feel comfortable interviewing for Junior Web Developer Jobs (which usually start at $60,000). Jon, the lead instructor, does a great job explaining the material. Addittionally, there are multiple TAs in the classroom at all times, helping students with the material.
If you are willing to put in the hard work, with very long days, they will do everything they can to help you learn the material and become employable. Rod, the owner of Code Platoon has a pers...Read more
PROS: Excellent core staff, huge support group, just awesome
CONS: I moved to Chicago just to attend the program, so the expense of rent was a con. However, this was offset by the low cost of the program.
Such an amazing benefit for us veterans! It was the perfect transition after terminal leave, highly recommended
Code Platoon's devotion to the veteran community is unprecedented. The lead instructor, Jon, is uniquely qualified to get veterans into the tech community. He cares about the students and is a real fan of the technologies he teaches. He brings a no student left behind approach by always making adjustments to maximize learning.
Rod's unique ability to allocate resources is something never seen in the veteran community. He's connected to many companies and involves them to give the students what they need. He created an environment that allowed us to be face to face with the people in the community that we are trying to enter.
1. Unlimited support and resources.
People here are ready to dedicate themselves to help you success. Rod(founder) will help you to provide any help you need and Jon(instructor) always welcome students to come to him with whatever. Plus, there are countless mentors and assistant teachers for more help! (both in person and in remote)
I was covered roughly 80% of the $13,000 tuition and Code Platoon offered the second scholarship for women in tech.
I loved how it was well-mixed with the programming knowledge and soft skills such as resume building and interview practice.
4. People and Community
A class is consist of 7-12 students. Each individuals get to know everyone via pair-programing and group projects. Whenever I was in a panic zon...Read more
I had no idea what to expect going in. It took a lot of work just to finish the entrance application. Once accepted, they demanded around 100 more hours of pre-work before the first day of class started.
The course was tough but there was always a lot of help offered. If you were dedicated you would succeed.
I went from an under employed Veteran with no idea what I was going to do to a software engineer at an awesome company, in less than a year.
Also, the lead instructor is a Golden God.
The curriculum at code platoon was fast-paced but well thought out for teaching you the fundamentals of programming. Jon is a great instructor and there were several guests that came throughout the program to help as well. After completing the program and with Rod's help, I was able to obtain employment at a major tech firm. This program is well worth the time and minimal amount of money spent.
I am a Marine Veteran. I've spent 5 years in Supply and Logistics and as I began my transition out of the Marines I was trying to figure out a way to move into a career in software engineering. Code Platoon was my solution. I had thought about taking the first job I could find then studying on my own to get to a level that I could be hired at. I am so glad I did not do that. In the 14 weeks of study, I acquired a greater depth of knowledge in Software Development than I could have attained in over a year of studying on my own.
This course was tough and very demanding of my time, however, I have no regrets. The quality of instruction and depth of understanding gained in each area covered is unparalleled. I hope this review has been helpful to you in your decision-making process. Plea...Read more